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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Out To Lunch: Off The Shelf

Jonathan Howes, Pamela Senatore and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

If you grew up in New Orleans there are two things you learned early on: where to make groceries, and how to make red beans.

If you moved here as an adult it doesn't take long to find a favorite grocery store — but making beans is a little more difficult. Maybe you secretly buy canned beans. If you do, you're not alone. Locals do it too. They've been doing it since 1950. That's when the canning company now called Blue Runner started up.

Richard Thomas, President of Blue Runner Foods, is Peter's guest on Out to Lunch.

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Latest News
7:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Federal Office Of Management And Budget Director Tours Port of New Orleans

US Senator Mary Landrieu arranged a tour of the Port of New Orleans for Shaun Donovan, now the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Shaun Donovan became familiar with New Orleans as secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the past five years. Now, he’s looking at the city as the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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Central City
7:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

For Businesses On O.C Haley Blvd. There Is More At Stake Than Commerce

Just some of the businesses, established and new, on O.C. Haley Blvd. Some larger buildings are being carved up to accommodate smaller businesses.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

There have been several ribbon-cutting ceremonies lately on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and more are on the way. The community-based revitalization plan for the commercial corridor, driven by non-profits, is now looking to private business to keep it moving.

The 10 blocks between Jackson Avenue and Calliope Street are crammed with construction crews. Workers are fixing building facades. A jazz center spearheaded by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield is taking shape. So is a grocery store.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Disrupters

Steve Beatty and Tom Hayes.
Credit Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

Over the last few years the word "disrupt" has found its way into the American business vocabulary. On today's Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti introduces us to two local disrupters.

Tom Hayes is New Orleans General Manager of Uber. Uber is an international and nationwide car service that disrupts the taxi business — which it is in the process of doing here in New Orleans.

Steve Beatty is Editor of The Lens. The Lens is an investigative reporting organization that is disrupting local news media.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Many Dollar Stores Are There In Your Neighborhood?

Dollar store business is booming across the country and in New Orleans.
Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post team asks: do dollar stores reflect the economy where they are built, or do they drive the economic identity of the area? 

If you add up the Dollar Generals, Family Dollars, Dollar Trees, and throw in ten or so Save-a-Lots, you’re pretty close to 100 or more dollar-type stores in the New Orleans area.

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Latest News
3:03 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Businesses Won't Have To Return BP Spill Payouts

A federal judge says BP must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their businesses.
kris krüg Wikimedia

BP wanted its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business.

BP argued Wednesday that a flawed funding formula in the settlement is giving money to businesses for questionable claims, and they should be forced to return it.

But U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says a deal is a deal. Barbier had ordered the formula changed several weeks ago

Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Louisiana's Film Industry Thrives, But At What Cost?

The carpentry workshop at Big Easy Studios in New Orleans East prepares for an upcoming production.
Kate Richardson WWNO

The entertainment industry is synonymous with Hollywood. But in recent years lots of film and TV production has migrated to what’s now become commonly known as “Hollywood South.” Louisiana and Georgia form the core of this new industry hub because both states offer tax incentives to film and TV productions. 

The ape army descends upon the ravaged remains of San Francisco. Their leader addresses the surviving humans:

“APES DO NOT! WANT! WAR!” 

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WRKF
5:19 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Local Healthcare Sector Booms with Associate Degree Workers

Toni Manogin, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Baton Rouge Community College

Jobs that require only a two-year degree are the fastest growing in the healthcare sector. That’s especially true in the Baton Rouge area, according to the Brookings Institute. Roughly half of healthcare workers here have less than a bachelor’s degree, ranking Baton Rouge 17th among the top U.S. metros.

 


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Red River Radio
9:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Italian food and frames among seven businesses to pop up in Shreveport

Megan Davis Taylor Fine Art turns pictures of family pets into paintings. Her store will be in the Pop UP running Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.

Seven new businesses open today in downtown Shreveport as part of the second Pop UP Project, organized by Shreveport’s Downtown Development Authority to spark interest in downtown retail development. The emerging businesses receive free rent for two weeks as way for them to try out their venture in a brick and mortar storefront.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Out To Lunch: I.P.Eaux

Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Rick Lineberger

In the New Orleans entrepreneurial community there’s a conversation that comes up fairly regularly. It’s speculation about who’s going to be the first company in the new wave of startups to break out. To hit the big time. To be our version of Google, Facebook, or Twitter.

Two of the company names that surface near the top of everybody’s list are Federated Sample and 365 Connect.

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